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Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Rizzoli: 'Germany-France better than Final'

Rizzoli: 'Germany-France better than Final'

The world champions dominated long periods of the match, but it was only Les Bleus who could capitalise on incursions into the final third, with the excellent Antoine Griezmann scoring his second brace of the tournament.

Platini scored nine goals as France won the 1984 tournament on home soil.

Griezmann drove in a penalty at the end of the first half after a needless handball by Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Penalty was given and Griezmann kicked it in the back of the net.

"Today we were better than the French but for the goals and result".

The players had felt the support of the French nation behind them, he said.

"I've always believed in my players", said Deschamps.

"France have succeeded in getting to the final - if you win 2-0 you deserve it. I think France will win against Portugal - Portugal haven't convinced me that much so far". Germany was hoping to win this Euro two years after winning the World Cup but came short against France.

He was all smiles on Thursday, however, when coach Didier Deschamps substituted him in the closing stages so he could leave the Marseille pitch to a standing ovation from the wild fans packing the Velodrome stadium on a hot and humid night. I was really mad at first.

Thierry Henry, their former striker and a veteran of that team, said Griezmann had given the country reason to dream again with his superb performances.

Pepe and Ronaldo already got the better of Griezmann in a major final six weeks ago, when their Real Madrid team beat city rival Atletico in the Champions League final.

A goal on either side of halftime from Antoine Griezmann saw the French reach the final, to be played against Portugal on the 11th of July.

"Still, we know that we belong to the best teams in the world with our style of play". "We have climbed back up the slope, we have done it step by step". "We didn't discuss it beforehand, but maybe in two or three days we'll talk about it and consider whether we need to discuss anything about this tournament", he said.

Trailing in a match for the first time in the tournament, Germany could not recover their previous dominance after halftime.

"He has now taken over the leadership of our attack and has become indispensable for us". "We played a good European Championship and it's very bitter to go out".

"He is our little man that gives us that little bit extra", fellow striker Olivier Giroud said of the frail 25-year-old with the magic touch.

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